Yet again, Ryan Murphy equals even more genius in the realm of American Horror Story Freak Show with the excellent use of anachronistic music and in Edward Mordrake Part 1, Gods and Monsters certainly fits the bill. Murphy’s creation in season four still packs a powerful punch and has enough sly humor to satisfy the most jaded viewer. At the beginning of episode three in the American Morbidity Museum the tour guide tells Dr. Mansfield and his assistant Ms. Rothschild (Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts) that Ed Sullivan is killing their business. To be exact she explains that in 1952 television is not just hurting Hollywood, but real life exhibits as well.
Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story season four premiere of Freak Show showed a glimpse of genius three quarters through the opening episode when Jessica Lang’s character sang David Bowie’s Life on Mars. Of course purists will shout that the Bowie ballad, which is the best way to describe the song, does not fit the time period. Freak Show takes place in 1952 Jupiter, Florida so of course the song is an anachronism in the old time 1950’s southern setting.